Weekend Picks: Runners, Pumpkins, Prestidigitation and More

Columbus Monthly staff
A giant pumpkin grown by Mark Litz is moved onto the scale at the weigh-in at the Circleville Pumpkin Show on Wednesday. The pumpkin weighed in at 1,174.5 pounds for the second place.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 20

Runners hit the pavement this Sunday for the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Each mile of “the most meaningful marathon in the country” features stories from those cared for at Nationwide Children’s to inspire runners along the way. If you don’t feel like lacing up your running shoes, you can cheer racers from the sidelines throughout Downtown, Bexley, the Short North, the University District, Upper Arlington, Grandview and Victorian Village.

Midnight Traveler,” Saturday, Oct. 19, Noon

Unorthodocs, the annual film festival held by the Wexner Center for the Arts, will screen 11 full-length documentaries and six shorts between Thursday, Oct. 17, and Monday, Oct. 21. Perhaps the most immersive is Hassan Fazili’s “Midnight Traveler,” about his family’s flight from Afghanistan. After the Taliban assassinated the subject of his previous documentary, “Peace in Afghanistan,” and put a price on Fazili’s head, he and his family fled the country while recording their harrowing journey on cell phones. Tickets $5-$9, festival pass $36-$48.

The Circleville Pumpkin Show, through Saturday, Oct. 19

Since October 1903, Circleville, Ohio, has hosted what it calls “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.” The annual fall festival, which kicked off Wednesday, is a veritable variety show of entertainment that includes insanely large pumpkins, seven parades, pumpkin pie eating contests, craft demonstrations, clogging, jazzercise and more. This year’s live musical acts include the Circleville Men's Barbershop Chorus, Travis Brown and The Drifters, Smokin Vega and others. A trip to the show is not complete without a visit to Lindsey’s Bakery for warm pumpkin doughnuts. Fair warning: There might be a line.

Henry “Box” Brown: Life & Legacy, Sunday, Oct. 20

In 1848, a Virginia slave sealed himself in a wooden box and arranged to be shipped to Pennsylvania, earning freedom and the lifelong moniker of Henry “Box” Brown. Magician, actor and author Rory Rennick will portray Brown, who went on to become a performing magician himself, in a dramatic presentation at the Kelton House Museum and Garden on Sunday at 2 p.m. According to a release, the performance will include a Q & A and “incredible feats of prestidigitation.” $15.


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